Elite League Speedway: Birmingham Brummies and Poole Pirates secure wins
Last Updated: 08/05/14 10:19am
Birmingham enjoyed last gasp derby delight as they snatched a thrilling 46-44 victory over rivals Wolverhampton at Perry Barr.
A faultless 15-point maximum from inspirational skipper Danny King led the Selco Brummies to their second win of the season as their upturn in form continues.
Having led for the majority of the meeting, the home side conceded a 5-1 in the penultimate race to set up a nervy last heat decider with both teams level.
Yet the magnificent King flew from the start to take the chequered flag, whilst partner Daniel Nermark (10), with three race wins already under his belt, secured third place to give his side a memorable victory.
Team boss Jack Lee was delighted with a tremendous effort just a week after they grabbed an unlikely away point at Poole.
Lee, whose team earned two Elite League points to Wolverhampton’s one, said: "We knew it was going to be tight and it was a bit too tight for comfort really, but in the end we came away with the win which is the main thing so we are happy.
"Danny was absolutely brilliant and a lot more like what we expect from him - hopefully tonight can be a turning point for him.
"The Poole result last week was fantastic and now we've had another good result, so hopefully we can push on from here and start to build some momentum."
In other Elite League action, Poole secured three league points with a resounding 53-40 victory over Belle Vue.
The power-packed Pirates exacted swift revenge on Belle Vue – just over a week after the Aces had inflicted the Dorset side’s first Elite League defeat of 2014.
Chris Holder (11+1) banked his first paid maximum in Britain since June 21 last year, while Przemyslaw Pawlicki came back from two painful knocks on the dirt to still reel off three race wins on his way to an 11 point haul.
The victory saw the home side stretch their unbeaten run at Wimborne Road to 10 matches in all competitions as the Aces offered little else in resistance other than the pace of Matej Zagar, who top-scored on the night with 13+0, and their skipper Craig Cook.
Team manager Neil Middleditch believed the victory was the season’s best display from his charges.
He said: “I was very proud of the boys tonight. We were all upset after folding in the last three heats at Belle Vue recently and I know Chris was unhappy with his score in Manchester.
“But this was the best performance I have seen from the team this season. We could and should have won by more but for some bad luck. And Chris led from the front.
“Every member of the team produced a rock-solid performance. We’ll enjoy tonight and the next few days and then be ready for table-topping Lakeside next Wednesday at Wimborne Road.”